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Trekking on a shoestring budget as part of a round-the-world tour is difficult. Making sure you have the appropriate gear is also difficult, so here's our Nepal trek gear list based on extensive study (and subsequent testing).
While trekking in Nepal, it is critical to have appropriate gear and equipment. Proper attire and carrying necessary materials are critical for a safe and enjoyable hike.
Packing too much or too little might ruin your trip. So you must understand how much is too much or too little. The number of clothing items you should bring will depend on how long or when you will be hiking.
For example, because the Everest Base Camp journey is substantially longer, you will require more clothing than the Poon Hill climb.
The majority of trekking in Nepal begins at lower elevations in moderate weather and progresses to higher altitudes in frigid temperatures. As a result, it is preferable to wear layers so that you may change your attire as the weather changes.
Typically, you would begin your day trekking with a light sweater or tracksuit. On hot days, you might feel more at ease with T-shirts and shorts. As the temperature drops, you may need to put on a tracksuit, down jacket, thermal leggings, caps, and gloves.
The majority of trekkers will stay in lodges or teahouses with basic accommodations and two single beds with mattresses. All lodges offer blankets to borrow, so a decent quality three-season will usually suffice. There is usually a base camp with tents for trekking peaks, and you will need a warmer sleeping bag or a liner to boost the warmth of your bag, as well as a sleeping mattress.
Bring gaiters to protect your boots and offer warmth, and these are especially essential on hiking peaks with soft snow to keep the snow out of your boots.
The variables listed above are the most crucial ones to be aware of before beginning your packing. Your packing should follow these principles so that you eliminate superfluous items and have an understanding of what to bring and what not to bring. Here are some essential packing and equipment lists for Nepal hiking.
Pescription treatments include acetazolamide (Diamox). dexamethasone, antibiotics, and asthma inhalers.
Many individuals will wish to take Diamox to help them prevent high-altitude illness, however these are prescriptiond and should only be used with caution. There is a lot of information available regarding altitude disease medicines, and we have produced several articles staying healthy at altitude, accliating properly, and ascending at altitude.
Note: Please keep in mind that you must consult your doctor about your personal eligibility for any medications, as well as any potential side effects or interactions. Please provide us with information on all normal medications that you expect to use during your trip, as well as any allergies or medical history that may be associated with them. In addition, you must examine the airline's and all nations' prescription restrictions and laws. For example, legislation controlling the shipment of certain pain management medications and the requirement to store insulin at an appropriate temperature, i.e. not in the cargo hold.
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All of the necessary equipment may be leased in Kathmandu or in the upper villages surrounding the renowned hiking peaks. For example, Mera Peak in Khare and Island Peak in Chukkung. This saves money on the daily charge as well as the extra weight that a porter must carry. However, you cannot guarantee the sizes or quality of certain things, particularly boots. Check every item first, notably the sharpness of the crampon points and the condition of the slings.
A shell jacket made of waterproof fabric protects you from the elements. Choose one with a waterproof zip and chest pockets.
If your jacket is excessively long, it may be difficult to link your harness to the holding cords.
The waterproof shell climbing trousers must allow you to take large steps with ease. They must have full-length zippers that allow you to put your boots and socks on and off.
These forms of apparel offer the best protection against extreme cold. To combat the cold, dress in an adventure-down jacket and pants. Purchase a separate pair of these jackets and pants for further versatility. It's challenging to handle an all-in-one bodysuit.
This jacket is comprised of synthetic insulation, which inhibits heat loss from the body. Waterproof coats are just insufficient in subzero weather.
Wear fleece shirts and pants as innerwear beneath the insulated jacket. A lightweight fleece shirt keeps your body temperature stable. A few zippered pockets on these pants allow you to keep small objects safe while climbing.
The top's thermal foundation should be thin. They might or might not have a zipper. Take a few pairs of long underwear for the bottom. Carry a thermal thin trouser as well for further heat loss protection.
A long snow gaiter keeps stones and pebbles out of your boots. Look for a gaiter that spans from the top of your calf muscle to the center of your boot.
Bring a pair of climbing boots with you. The high-altitude mountaineering boots are particularly intended for climbing mountains higher than 8000 meters.
It's preferable if you choose the most comfortable boots with a detachable lining and adequate room for your toes.
Mountaineering boots are not permitted to be worn when sleeping in a sleeping bag or inside a tent. Down bivvy boots that are lightweight and water-resistant are required for this.
Your hat should be warm enough to keep you warm in the bitter cold. It should be very tight so that it does not blow away in heavy winds.
Carry a set of goggles that suit your face properly. If you use prescription glasses, these goggles should be able to keep them inside.
Bring at least two pairs of goggles, one with polarized lenses and one with amber lenses. This shields your sight from various scenarios.
This style of glove protects your fingertips from the cold. You may wear them to increase your grip when climbing.
This sort of glove is ideal for rope climbing. Look for a long-lasting model that is waterproof and fits properly.
These gloves give the finest cold protection, however, they do not provide traction while climbing. Wear wrist loops to keep it from flying away.
During your climb, you may sleep practically anyplace with this sort of sleeping bag. The bag should offer insulation as well as some movement room for you.
These two types of sleeping mats offer snow insulation while sleeping at such high altitudes. You can put your sleeping bag on top of these layers.
This gizmo illuminates your surroundings without the use of a torch. However, be sure to carry some spare batteries with you.
Carry a first-aid kit with basic medical supplies such as blister skin, crepe bandages, painkillers, and so on.
Some pocket equipment, such as a Swiss knife and lighters, might surely come in helpful in such remote locations. Carry a box with you to store all of these stuff.
Nepal's highland hikes include Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Base Camp, and other such destinations. To walk in Nepal's highlands, you must be properly equipped. Please review our list of required gear for this sort of hike.
A couple of pairs of thermal shirts might help you stay warm when hiking. Please ensure that they are flexible and pleasant to wear at high altitudes.
Carry a couple of cotton-fitting t-shirts as a base layer. Wear extra long t-shirts to protect yourself from the cold.
Down Jacket that is Waterproof No matter how much snow falls, an insulated waterproof jacket will keep you warm. Wear all inner layers of clothing to avoid heat loss.
These trousers should be worn as underwear. They should be thick enough to keep the heat out. It must, however, provide some movement flexibility.
The trekking pants you wear must be tough. It's much better if you have a zip-off trouser. You may change it depending on the outside temperature.
Purchase a woolen hat that covers your entire head, including your ears. Wear a scarf as well to protect your neck.
Wear multiple gloves to prevent frostbite at higher elevations. When you get heated, you can remove the outer layer.
Bring along a couple pairs of socks to keep your feet toasty at such high elevations. You may also wear two pairs of socks at the same time.
Don't go on a hike in your sneakers! They may work for low-altitude hikes, but not for high-altitude excursions. Look for shoes that have a good grip and adequate room for your toes.
All of your packing materials must be carried in a sturdy backpack. Bring a single bag rather than several little packages.
Keeping your bag secure during a rainstorm might be difficult if you are not prepared. Get a rain cover that fits your bag exactly.
At such a high altitude, keeping warm should be your top priority. As a result, bring a sleeping bag that fits your size and a silk lining.
We cannot guarantee that the various water sources you may come across will give you with clean drinking water. Carry a small water filter, like the Steripen.
You can get lost in the mountains if you don't have a guide with you. Bring a thorough trek map that details where you need to travel and what locations you'll encounter.
To avoid dehydration at such high altitudes, bring a bottle of water or a hydration bladder. To recuperate energy after such a long walk, you need to drink at least 2 to 3 liters of water every day.
To protect your eyes from powerful UV rays at a higher elevation, choose a pair of sunglasses that are 100 percent UV protected.
A little quick-drying towel can be really useful. After each shower, you must quickly dry yourself.
It is a good idea to bring some technological gadgets with you on your trip. However, have a portable charger on hand in case you need to use your gadgets to call someone.
A large DSLR camera is not viable for this hike. Carry a portable sports camera with you, such as a GoPro, SLR, or mirrorless camera.
Carry all of your toiletries according to your preferences. You may require a toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, lip balm, tissues, deodorant, razors, tampons, and other goods.
Safety is essential. Carry pain relievers, rehydration salts, Imodium, bandages, and an antiseptic liquid. Keep these items in a portable first-aid kit.
Nepal has various hiking spots. If you've chosen a Poon Hill trip, Langtang Valley trek, or any lowland trek, you'll need to carry goods that differ from those required for highland treks.
The majority of lowland hiking sites do not suffer subzero temperatures. To keep oneself warm, you can avoid bringing heavy clothing items.
The packing list for low-land trekking is shown below.
Purchase a pair of pants that are both comfy and flexible. You can bring numerous pairs of them because you won't be able to wash them on the walk.
Pack a few pairs of comfy shorts to wear while sleeping. You won't have to worry about the cold at night because you'll be sleeping in a lodge.
You should wear a hat to protect your hair and face from the sun. So remember to bring a hat.
During the summer, these areas do not get particularly chilly. However, it is preferable to be prepared in case the climate continues to deteriorate.
Pack one fleece jacket to keep you warm in the cooler weather. At the same time, it keeps you warm if it rains throughout the summer.
Strong winds can be seen in several of the lowland walking spots. Get yourself a wind jacket to keep you safe from the elements. When it's sunny, this jacket can shield you from harmful UV radiation.
Your footwear should be appropriate for the terrain of your walk. Hiking shoes are the greatest option since they are weather and location resistant.
Staying hydrated helps you maintain your energy during your journey. Carry a bottle with a minimum capacity of 1 liter of water.
A backpack is required to carry the necessities for your adventure. However, carrying a big backpack may make your walk more difficult owing to the increased weight on your back.
You may believe that you will not need gloves throughout the summer. However, it is preferable to be prepared. Carry some lightweight gloves just in case.
Though most guesthouses supply towels, you can bring a small towel for personal use throughout your stroll. A tiny towel might also come in useful if you don't want to use someone else's towel.
Wearing lightweight slippers while resting is a good idea. So, bring a pair with you because wearing hiking shoes for an extended period of time might create blisters.
When traveling, you must have toiletries with you. Remember to bring your toothbrush, toothpaste, sunscreen, soap, shampoo, and lotion. Make certain that they are travel-sized.
You don't want to contaminate the place in which you go, do you? Carry a medium-sized trash bag with you and empty it every day when you stop for a break.
Please keep in mind that typical baggage limitations for internal flights are 15kg total, which includes your porter's bag (12.5kg) in the hold as well as your hand luggage (trek day bag). Of course, you can use your hiking boots and jacket to assist reduce the weight of your pack. You will have also left any city clothing or additional travel gear in Kathmandu. If your total weight exceeds 15kg, you must pay an extra baggage fee on the aircraft, which is only $1/kg. If you have a very hefty porters bag that necessitates the use of more porters, you must pay this cost.Most individuals can manage a 12.5kg porter bag plus their personal day bag.
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As we come to a close, we hope you have a good idea of what should include on your packing list. Keep in mind that less is more!
You don't need to bring a sleeping bag or any other related item for the low land journey. This style of hiking allows you to spend nights in your hotel room pleasantly.
However, be sure you have all of the necessary equipment for mountain climbing.
Make sound selections about what to bring and what not to bring. We wish you a memorable and exciting journey in Nepal.